Learning For My Team
Invest in Team Development and Uncover Their Potential
The Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) is providing this high-quality training resource for teams who want to take their workplace training to the next level.
- Choose specific eLearning courses or programs that best fit your company’s needs.
- Manage your team training in one convenient spot.
- Each employee gets their own login and can learn at their own pace.
- Administrators can manage the learning of their team members and their track progress.
Purchasing Programs and Courses for Your Team
Team managers or administrators can purchase any number of licences for any one product (one program or one course) at a time. Simply add that learning product to your cart, indicate the number of licences you require and complete your order using a major credit card.
- Multiple programs or courses
- If you wish to purchase other programs or courses, each will need to be completed in separate orders. After your first order, please add the next learning product to your cart, indicate the number of licences you require and complete your purchase.
- Once an order has been made, you can assign the learning to different team members by adding their names and email address to each licence purchased.
- Your learners will receive an email invitation from CSGA Learn to log in and access their assigned learning.
- A unique email address is required for each learner
- Learning material cannot be taken by different people using the same email address.
- As a group leader, you can only assign material to learners with their own email addresses.
- If they currently share an email address with another user, they create their unique email and provide it to you.
Should you have any questions or concerns about purchasing for your team, please contact us at email@example.com or 613.236.0497 ext. 8803.
Bulk Purchase Options
We are pleased to offer team managers and administrators bulk discounts for the purchase of multiple licences of any one course or program. The licences per course or program must be managed by a single business administrator and purchased as one order.
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Take advantage of bulk discounts and purchase multiple courses and programs.
One Login Per User
Assign specific courses or programs to each of your employees or growers. They take only the training they need.
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Employees can learn on the job or in their spare time. Self-paced learning allows staff to take the time they need to learn the information properly.
Help your employees understand what it means to be a part of this important sector
Seed Learning Programs
CSGA has selected specific individual courses and grouped them together for you, based on your specific learning interest. The courses included in these programs have been carefully designed by seed growers and sector experts, each with a focus on a particular aspect of the seed system, Certified seed production, regulations, and best management practices. The courses include field crop photos, videos, glossaries, and reference links to enhance your learning.
Program: Introduction to Seed Production (Group License)
Program: Probation Plot Grower (Group License)
Program: Experienced Seed Grower (Group License)
Benchmark your seed production knowledge and skills against best management practices, certification requirements and sector standards. As an experienced grower, you can also combine your seed crop production experience with this program to expand your recognition as an Accredited Seed Grower (ASG).
Program: Plant Breeder (Group License)
Each of CSGA Learn’s individual courses has been carefully designed by seed growers and sector experts, with a focus on a particular aspect of the seed system, Certified seed production, regulations, and best management practices. Courses include field crop photos, videos, glossaries, and reference links to enhance your learning.
Course 1: Introduction to the Canadian Seed Sector (Group License)
- The difference between certified and non-certified seed
- The seed certification process, from variety development to the sale of Certified seed to commercial producers
- The various seed certification classes
- The role and importance of plant breeders and seed growers
- The roles of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association, and Seeds Canada
Course 2: Seed Certification Classes (Group License)
- The different seed certification classes
- The difference between self-pollinated and cross-pollinated crops
- The role and importance of Accredited Plot Growers in seed certification
Course 3: Producing Foundation, Registered and Certified Seed Crops (Group License)
- Crop-specific certification requirements from the Canadian Regulations and Procedures for Pedigreed Seed Crop Production (Circular 6)
- The importance of understanding all relevant requirements in Circular 6 before selecting your field and planting a seed crop
- The significance of maximum impurity standards and off-types, other varieties, and other crop kinds
- The role that land requirements, isolation requirements and equipment cleanliness play in maintaining seed crop quality and varietal and genetic identity
- How to interpret commonly used acronyms and codes in the seed crop inspection report
- The importance of various steps and methods to clean out planting, harvest, and storage equipment
Course 4: Seed Crop Certification Process and Traceability (Group License)
- The documents required upon purchasing/planting pedigreed parent seed
- The online application process for seed crop certification and how to apply
- The three certification outcomes and the conditions under which they occur, and “corrective actions”
- The process for the assignment of crop certificates and its outcomes
- Contracts used by seed growers and best management practices for these contracts (contract for seed production and contracting an Authorized Seed Crop Inspection Service)
Course 5: Pre-Inspection and Roguing 101 (Group License)
- What check inspections are and why they are important
- How variety descriptions and ‘acceptable levels of variants’ are used in roguing
- That there are specific weeds that must be removed from some seed crops before inspection
- Key plant parts used for differentiating the seed crop from off-types, other varieties, and other crop kinds
- How to rogue your specific crop including the ideal stage of maturity, field conditions, and the morphological/physical/visual characteristics of plants that you will use
- Cereals (Wheat, Oats, Barley, Rye, Triticale)
- Legumes (Soybeans, Peas, Lentils)
- Canola and Mustards
Course 6: Plot Production (Group License)
- How to obtain CSGA accreditation for Plot Production
- The purpose of Select and Foundation plots and the higher multiplication risks associated with varietal impurities
- How many generations (multiplications) Select seed is eligible to produce Select seed, and the conditions for doing so
- How the grower can maintain the plot if part of it will not meet Probation, Select, or Foundation requirements
- The requirements for the type of parent seed that can be used to grow Probation, Select, or Foundation plots, and the requirements for previous land use and isolation and maximum impurity standards
- The rules and methods for staking plots
- The requirements for plot sample submissions to the Variety Verification Program of the CFIA
Course 7: Harvest, Handling, and Storage (Group License)
- How to clean harvesting, handling, and storage equipment for pedigreed seed production and why it is necessary
- Best management practices to maintain pedigreed seed purity and quality through harvesting, handling, and storage
Course 8: Processing, Testing and Selling Seed (Group License)
- The essential elements of the seed conditioning process
- The link between seed crop certification of varietal purity and varietal identity by the CSGA, processing regulations and requirements for final seed certification, and the role of Seeds Canada
- The different types of Registered Seed Establishments (RSEs) and their roles and the accreditations required for RSE operators and graders
- Seed testing requirements for Canadian pedigreed seed, including germination and mechanical purity and explain why they are important to ensure the quality and purity of certified seed
- The usual seed tests provided by seed laboratories
- The various intellectual property protection tools used in the seed sector
- Standards in the Seeds Regulations for seed sales and trade
Course 9: Building Your Team (Group License)
- Why Human Resources Management is important for your seed business
- How policies can shape the working environment, including which policies are required to cultivate a healthy, supportive, and productive work environment
- How to attract, train, and retain employees
- Your legal obligations as an employer in recruitment and hiring, compensation, health and safety, workplace wellness, diversity, and inclusion
Course 10: Breeder Seed Production (Group License)
- How Breeder plots are defined and their essential role in Canadian seed certification
- The CSGA Plant Breeder Recognition process
- The difference between Plant Breeder, Associate Plant Breeder and Variety Maintainer
- The process for Variety Registration
- The requirements for Breeder seed plot production, including standards, application and QMS requirements
- The general rules for the production of pedigreed plots
- The purpose of CFIA’s Variety Verification Program and the role of Breeder seed